China Launches High-Definition Earth observation Satellite in Orbit

China Launches High-Definition Earth observation Satellite in Orbit

China has successfully launched its second high-definition and most advanced earth observation satellite, Gaofen-2, in the orbit. The satellite was launched from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province. The satellite is supposed to operate for 4 to 8 years.

Xinhua's report says that a Long March-4B carrier rocket launched the Gaofen-2. A small scientific payload from Poland is also placed in the orbit that will observe the brightness of stars.

High-definition Earth observation satellite has the ability to capture pictures in black and white with a ground sampling distance of 80 centimeters. Apart from that, it can deliver images with a distance of 3.2 meters in color. The satellite is launched with an objective to monitor environmental conditions, disaster management, resource management, urban planning, scientific purposes and geographical mapping.

A researcher with the Development Research Center of the State Council, Wu Zhenyu, said that Gaofen-2 will fortify the remote sensing industry of the country.

The Gaofen-2 is country's second high-definition earth observation system. China has planned to launch seven satellites of this type before 2020. Satellites of China's high-definition earth observation system will generate a variety of data of different qualities.

The first satellite of the project, Gaofen-1, was launched in April 2013. China had launched the satellite to search missing Malaysian airliner MH370. The satellite provided images on northeast China floods, Sichuan's Lushan earthquake and smog patterns plaguing the Beijing region.

The satellite was developed in Poland between 2010 and 2012 whose objective is to study bright stars. According to Spaceflight101, the satellite will help scientists to better understand the inner construction of the biggest stars in the galaxy.

Before Gaofen-2, China has deployed 202 satellites into orbit. It is third Chinese launch in 2014.


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